The airline companies Rwandair and Air Uganda have signed a code share agreement, where passengers will be making a one purchase at one fare on either Air Uganda or Rwandair planes.
Air Uganda’s CEO, Hugh Fraser said that with the new code share agreement, both airlines seek to provide additional benefit services to mutual customers travelling between Entebbe and Kigali.
His counterpart of the Rwandair, Rene Janata, for his part remarked that fleet operation on the route makes sense to the consumer if the two destinations are served with seamless schedules and fares.
“There are so many targets we are envisaging for the best of our customers, we look forward to be IOSA certified,” the Rwandair CEO said. The IOSA certificate is the IATA Operational Safety Audit designed to assess operational management and control systems of an airline.
“It will be advantageous for us to get it so we can be able to code share with other companies, including Kenya Airways, South African airline and others,” Janata explained.
John Mirenge, the chairman of the Rwandair board of directors, also remarked that what the East African community needs now more than ever is to see operators offer value that will facilitate regional movement and growth as opposed to restrictive modes of operation. According to him, this will be a bold and positive step by both carriers.
This partnership will allow passengers to enjoy a return to both Uganda and Rwanda whilst bypassing Nairobi, saving time combining the nonstop flights of both airlines. The code share will also enable travel agents tickets on both airlines at the same fare. Ticketing for these flights can be done at travel agents, Air Uganda or Rwandair’s offices in Rwanda, Uganda and throughout East Africa.